Man in court after police find basket of drugs

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A MAN landed himself in court after police discovered cannabis stashed in a wicker basket during a swoop at his home.

Officers executed a search warrant at Michael Wilson’s address in Sidney Street, Boldon Colliery, in relation to other matters – but once inside, they found a quantity of the Class B drug in his bedroom.

The 25-year-old admitted possession of a Class B drug when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “Police executed a search warrant at the address.

“The defendant was arrested in relation to other matters but a search found cannabis ‘bush’ in a wicker basket in the bedroom.

“Wilson accepted the cannabis was his and said he had had it for ages.

“He said it was for his own personal use.”

Laura Johnson, defending, said: “The cannabis was found in the wicker basket when the property was searched by police.

“He made full and frank admissions to the police and entered an immediate guilty plea.”

Wilson, now of Leam Lane estate, Gateshead, was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.